Decision Making for Educational Leaders: Underexamined Dimensions and Issues

Decision Making for Educational Leaders: Underexamined Dimensions and Issues

by Bob L. Johnson, Sharon D. Kruse
     
 

ISBN-10: 1438429169

ISBN-13: 9781438429168

Pub. Date: 01/13/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

Why another book on decision making? In this increasingly complex world, there are many tensions inherent in the daily practice of school leaders. This book illuminates these tensions, and acknowledges the reality that there are already multiple approaches to decision making in any school. The authors offer a guide to integrate the influences of school and community

Overview

Why another book on decision making? In this increasingly complex world, there are many tensions inherent in the daily practice of school leaders. This book illuminates these tensions, and acknowledges the reality that there are already multiple approaches to decision making in any school. The authors offer a guide to integrate the influences of school and community members as well as data and organizational context into the decision making process. They focus on underexamined dimensions of decision making, including 1) the art of theory-use; 2) organizational context; 3) political dynamics; 4) inferential leaps and causal assumptions; 5) the role of intuition; 6) data-driven decision making; 7) the role of emotions and affect; and 8) making the tough decision. Dispositions that enhance success are highlighted. These ideas will empower school principals, superintendents, and other leaders to approach with confidence the decisions they are called on to make.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438429168
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
01/13/2010
Series:
SUNY series, Educational Leadership Series
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
561,762
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 2.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures ix

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Part I Decision-Making Theory and Theorizing

Chapter 1 Introduction: Leadership, Decision Making, and Underexplored Issues in Decision Making 3

Chapter 2 Theories, Theorizing, and the Art of Theory-Use in Decision Making 23

Part II Context and Contextual Issues in Decision Making

Chapter 3 Organization as Context: Decision Making in Educational Organizations 49

Chapter 4 The Political Context of Decision Making in Educational Leadership 71

Part III The Decision Maker: Logic, Intuition, Data Use, and Skill

Chapter 5 The Logic of Decision Making: Problematizing Decision Assumptions and Examining Inferential Leaps 99

Chapter 6 The Intuitive Decision Maker in the Information Age 125

Chapter 7 Data-Driven Decision Making for School Improvement 141

Chapter 8 Dispositional Aspects of Effective Decision Making and the Competent Decision Maker 167

Chapter 9 Making Tough Decisions: Issues and Considerations 187

Part IV Conclusion: Underexamined Issues in Decision Making

Chapter 10 The Educational Leader as Decision Maker: Themes, Inferences, and Conclusions 205

References 219

Index 233

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